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Kleptomania and Eating Disorders

If you have an eating disorder, are you likely to shoplift? Or if you shoplift, are you at a greater risk for an eating disorder? Or is there no connection at all?

Scientists aren’t sure, but there is some anecdotal evidence that there may be a connection.

What’s the difference between shoplifting and kleptomania? Kleptomania involves the failure to resist impulses to steal things that are not needed for either personal use or for their monetary value. There is typically anxiety prior to the act of theft and relief or gratification afterward. If the theft is related to vengeance or psychosis. Kleptomania is quite rare, where common shoplifting is not.
If you think you have a problem, talking with a medical professional who knows psychiatric medicine would be a good idea. Anti-depressants and mood stabilizers may help with both issues.

Another resource for help is Kleptomaniacs And Shoplifters Anonymous (CASA), a unique, independent and secular weekly self-help group. It was founded in Detroit, in September 1992 by a recovering shoplifter who felt such a group could help himself, others, and the community as a whole. Their goal is to help people:
• Overcome legal troubles
• Strengthen sense of self
• Heal emotional wounds
• Rebuild relationships
• Live more honestly and peacefully
• Increase self control and self-awareness
• Experience great joy
• Feel!
• Help others

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